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Hi everyone,
When I click the Search button in windows explorer the folders pane (on the left) is replaced with the search pane. This has a title bar "Search companion" at the top with a close pane 'x' button on the right (which works). Saddly that's all I get. The rest of the pane (underneath the title bar) is a plain blue colour with none of the search options, buttons, text entry boxes. Nothing, just the blue.

HOWEVER, if I log in to my 'administrator' account then the search pane comes up as normal. My normal user account is a limited account.

I guess something has got messed in the registry. Can anyone help sort this niggleing problem out. It would be much appreciated, I'd love to be able to search my own disk again!

OS is Win XP home with all updates.

Regards,
John

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I concure with seanmsiegel. This problem usually occured after running adaware/spybot and you actually pulled some system files out. A fix that has always worked for me is doing a system repair. Boot of the windows cd, and do not do the first repair (to command line) do the second repair.

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I concure with seanmsiegel. This problem usually occured after running adaware/spybot and you actually pulled some system files out. A fix that has always worked for me is doing a system repair. Boot of the windows cd, and do not do the first repair (to command line) do the second repair.

Thats a little drastic for such a small problem. I repaired this issue many times with this solution
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/831430

The down side to doing a repair install is you lose all your windows updates and will have to reinstall them all.

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Thats a little drastic for such a small problem. I repaired this issue many times with this solution
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/831430

The down side to doing a repair install is you lose all your windows updates and will have to reinstall them all.

As stated in my earlier post, it was when the files were gone, not unregistered. The spyware/adaware actually infected some system files to force the search bar to go to "bad" websites instead of the MSN search / windows desktop search. When the adaware program removed them it ended up removing system files. Hence it was just easier to do a system repair. Not to say your solution will not work, i actually hope it does, system repairs can take a while and as you said all those downloads :(

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As stated in my earlier post, it was when the files were gone, not unregistered. The spyware/adaware actually infected some system files to force the search bar to go to "bad" websites instead of the MSN search / windows desktop search. When the adaware program removed them it ended up removing system files. Hence it was just easier to do a system repair. Not to say your solution will not work, i actually hope it does, system repairs can take a while and as you said all those downloads :(

Yeah thats true. I just havent ran into a instance where the files were missing or corrupted. I think a system file check "sfc /scannow" from command line can help to fix\restore certain files that needed attention and might be quicker than a repair install.

But when using sfc it asks for your xp cd so then again you may have to reinstall some updates on certain instances, Im not 100% sure.

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Thanks for all the ideas and comments everyone. Have tried a few of them but to no avail yet.
Tried Microsofts Q831430 methods to reregister jscript.dll and vbscript.dll. This worked without a hitch from my administrator account but failed from my user account even when I changed its type from limited to admin. Error msg was "DllRegisterServer in jscript.dll failed. Return code was: 80004005". same for vbscript.dll. searched microsoft's kb but could not find any explanation of 80004005. Then looked at the registry (method 2 in Q831430) and found the keys were as they should be. My problem still persisted.

Ran sfc, It finished without reporting anything. (although I left it running while I went for lunch - could have missed an error dialog if one auto closed after some time).

Could do a full repair but have lost XP release disks that came with my dell box. Think I lent them to someone!!

Tried creating a new user account. Now explorer still gives me a blue pane but with the doggy animation!

So all in all I still have the problem. My guess is it's a registry problem. Anyone know a good registry cleaner?

Thanks for all the help,
John

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Another windows file you could try to register is the windows scripting host ("regsvr32 wshom.ocx").

If this still doesnt fix the problem i have put together all the windows search assistant files from a clean install in the zip file below. After you download the file unzip it to a location and then right click on "srchasst.inf" and click install. If any prompts appear saying they cant find a file and want a path, then point it to the path of the files you just unzipped.

good luck.

http://smstech.dnsalias.com/johnpote/srchasst.zip

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I tend to stay away from "Registry Fixers" as they can do more damage than good. The windows CD's are free, its the licenses you pay for. Borrow somones :)

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I tend to stay away from "Registry Fixers" as they can do more damage than good. The windows CD's are free, its the licenses you pay for. Borrow somones :)

But make sure its the same version.. Home OEM, Home Retail, Pro OEM, Pro Retail are 4 different version. All through actually oem and retail are same, you cant do a repair install on one using the other. And of course your cd key would not work anyways.

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Sorry, i tried to make a joke and seanmsiegel just killed it. :)

Your CD key on your case or where ever it is will only work with one type of CD. HOME/PRO oem sp1 sp2 retail cd.

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